|In the pool.|
My favorite forms of exercise these days are swimming, biking, and walking. Late last year, I joined the YMCA and, three times a week, I have been spending 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer, using Cybex weight machines to do a series of arm, chest, and shoulder exercises, and then going for a swim, where I mostly swim breaststroke, but also swim freestyle and backstroke. Lately, on my days off from the gym, I have been taking walks and swimming at my condo pool. This summer, I am looking forward to taking more bike rides.
I have noticed that I sleep extremely well after either lifting weights or swimming, so if I am having a little trouble sleeping for a few days, I know these exercises can help me get back on track. If you have bipolar disorder, you know that regular sleep is extremely important in managing this health condition.
I have taken yoga sporadically throughout my life, and it has always helped me. My last yoga class was the best one I have ever experienced. The form of yoga we practiced was Iyengar yoga, and my teacher provided many props, which were extremely helpful, as well as a lot of individual instruction. The yoga studio was in the basement of a church, and I never saw more than ten people in a class. My teacher often spoke of mindfulness, and even recommended books that would give us a better understanding of yoga. It was wonderful. Unfortunately, it was a little outside of my budget, so I quit attending class--at least for the time being. Yoga is offered at the YMCA. I know it will not be quite the same experience, but I should probably get myself to a class.